''A third party means the Democrats are going to win, almost certainly,'' says Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump, during a news conference in Washington, DC. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump sought to rally party leaders in Washington behind his insurgent candidacy on Monday (March 21), warning of disastrous consequences if a third-party run is launched by establishment Republicans. At a news conference, Trump presented himself as Republicans' best chances of capturing the White House in the Nov. 8 election. He took steps to appear as the nominee-in-waiting, releasing the names of some foreign policy advisers and pledging to name seven to 10 people he would pick for the Supreme Court. With increasing talk among establishment Republicans of persuading a high-profile party leader to launch a third-party run to deny him the White House, Trump said such a move would "almost certainly" mean the Democrats would win the presidency. "If people want to be smart, they should embrace this movement," Trump said at the site of a new hotel he is building in Washington. "If they don't want to be smart, they should do what they're going now and the Republicans are going to go down to a massive loss." Trump held the news conference at the luxury hotel he is building at Washington, DC's Old Post Office on Pennsylvania Avenue.